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How Bobby Smith learned to talk at 9, and other autism success stories

Bobby Smith's mother, like all parents, looked forward to the day when her baby could use words to tell her what was wrong. What hurts? Why are you sad?<p>By the time Bobby turned 7, Cheri Smith was still wondering if that day would ever come.<p>Her son had been diagnosed on the moderate-to-severe end of …

7 Signs You May Have A Vitamin D Deficiency

With the Polar Vortex now firmly in our past, we're ready to shed some layers and soak up some springtime sun.<p>About time, too, considering it's our greatest source of vitamin D, a nutrient crucial to bone, skin and mental health. In fact, about 80 to 90 percent of our vitamin D comes from sun …

Looking for Happiness in All the Wrong Places

<i>Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.</i> -- Nathaniel Hawthorne<p>Like a butterfly, happiness is always elusive: We search everywhere for it, seeking that one moment that makes all things feel good, …

Garcinia Cambogia: Weight-Loss Supplement May Be Toxic to Some

By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Staff Writer<p>Published: 04/28/2014 10:37 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>The use of <i>Garcinia cambogia</i>, a popular weight-loss supplement, may pose health risks to people who are taking certain antidepressants, a recent case report suggests.<p>Last year in Oregon, a 35-year-old woman who had …

The Only Wisdom You Need On How To Lead A Happy Life

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

Can you lose weight while sleeping?

<b>The rumor: You can drop pounds by catching Z's</b><p>The not-so-secret way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more, right? Well, according to some, sleeping -- that's right, catching more Z's -- can help you shed pounds. So, should you swear off the gym in favor of more time snoozing under the …

Q&A: Do You Have to Give Up Meat if You Want to Eat Clean?

Where beef and chicken fit in when it comes to this food philosophy<p><b>The question:</b> "I want to start eating clean, but I'm not sure I can give up burgers and chicken. Do I have to?"<p><b>The expert:</b> Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., a Philadelphia-area nutritionist and author of <i>Blood Pressure Down</i><p><b>The answer:</b> For …

The Foods That Can Help You Live Longer

The best part? They're totally delicious!<p>Do sushi, vegetables, and green tea make up the modern-day fountain of youth? The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that out of women living in 21 countries, Japanese women have the longest life spans, with the typical girl born in 2012 expected to …

10 Style Mistakes That Make You Look Heavier

Are they adding inches to your look?<p><i>By Trudy Hanson for Refinery29</i><p>Clothes should make you look great—no matter what your size—but choosing pieces with certain design elements can add visual poundage. Don't just avoid these mistakes—run as fast as you can away from them, and go put on something …

Nutrition Experts Offer Up Their Best Healthy Snacking Tips For Every Occasion

We asked our panel of nutrition experts when to snack, how to snack, where to snack and even why to snack in our most recent Twitter chat. Here are some of the highlights from our #snackchat:

You Have to See This Hilarious Video on What ACTUAL Food Porn Would Look Like

What happens when a red pepper and a banana get it on<p>There's the food porn you and your friends share: social media snaps of a delicious restaurant meal or homemade dish. And then there's actual food porn—we're talking live-action fruits and vegetables mimicking the storyline from an X-rated flick …

Fiber Isn't Just Good for the Colon Anymore

It’s gone by rather unappealing monikers such as bulk or roughage, but humble fiber is one of the good guys when it comes to building a healthy diet …

Are You Using Your Judgment or Just Being Judgmental?

Life requires us to make assessments, literally hundreds of times a day. We assess risk level, costs, benefits, and appropriateness of behaviors in specific situations.. We make these judgment calls in our relationships too, but we sometimes forget that they are personal, subjective evaluations, …

4 Ways to Make Your Relationship Even Stronger

For National Women's Health Week, we encourage you to make your bond stronger than ever—for your happiness, and your health<p>Being in a rock-solid relationship can protect your heart and mental health. It's totally normal to drive each other up the wall now and tehn, but following these tips from t …

12 Easy Ways to Reduce Pain and Inflammation

No pill-popping required

High-fibre diet 'benefits heart attack patients'

<b>If you have had a heart attack, eat plenty of fibre because it may improve your long-term chances of recovery, say US researchers.</b><p>Heart-attack survivors were more likely to be alive nine years later if they followed a high-fibre diet, a study in the British Medical Journal found.<p>Every 10g-per-day …

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The Shocking Age When Your Cognitive Ability Starts to Drop Off

Hint: It's way younger than you think.<p>This might hurt a bit, so we’re going to rip the bandage off quickly: Cognitive decline begins at the ripe old age of 24, according to a new study (which depressingly includes the phrase "Over the Hill at 24" in the title) out of Simon Fraser University in …

The 5 Fish That Are Most Contaminated—And 5 You Should Eat Instead

Having sushi tonight? Before you order, read our guide

What Your Waist Size Says About Your Health

Your body's trying to tell you something—find out what it is.<p>You've heard for a while now that BMI has definite limitations as an indication of overall health—and a new study suggests that there may be another key number you should look at: A greater waist circumference is associated with a higher …

Can Juicing Really Kill You?

No one knows what caused Peaches Geldof's untimely death. But in light of the speculation that her extreme juicing may have played a role, we spoke with some experts to find out how dangerous the habit really is.<p>When Peaches Geldof died suddenly this week at age 25, focus quickly turned to the …

J&J suspends sale of device used in fibroid surgery

(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson suspended worldwide sale of its device used in fibroid surgery amid concerns over its potential to spread undetected cancer beyond the uterus.<p>The company said it is suspending the sale of its power morcellators until their role in fibroid treatment is better understood …

8 Pieces Of Wisdom That Will Encourage You To Push Through A Bad Day

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

10 Habits That Will Save You Time

Time. You can't recover it, make up for it, or reverse it. There are 24 hours in a day and 168 in a week, and those numbers aren't changing. What you can do is use the hours more efficiently and wisely to free up at least 60 minutes a week.<p>Many of my executive clients work 60-plus hours a week …

The Case For Eating More Fiber

Fiber is a necessary nutrient in the human diet, essential to a properly functioning digestive system. And while it's been known for some time now that a high-fiber diet is good for the heart due to its protective effects against heart disease and obesity, a new study shows that it could actually …

10 Foods With Hidden Sweet Spots

When it comes to sugar, cupcakes and cookies are obvious diet derailers. The real saboteurs of healthy eating however are sneaky sources of the sweet stuff, which in a day of meals and snacks can add up to serious trouble -- especially if you're among the 25.8 million Americans who suffer from …

13 Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day

It may have started as a trend among Silicon Valley tech companies, but mindfulness seems to be here to stay for all of us.<p>2014 has been called the "year of mindful living," and in the past several months, mindfulness has made headlines in seemingly every major print publication and news site. No …

10 healthy eating apps this nutritionist loves

I have to admit, I'm not much of an app person. I use Twitter and Pinterest more sparingly than I intend to, and I still maintain my daily to-do list using paper and pencil.<p>But, I'm not oblivious to the appeal of high tech tools. I've always known that dozens of fantastic programs were waiting for …

5 Foods with More Protein Than an Egg

Up your intake by loading up on these protein-rich foods.<p>Eggs are the poster child for protein—you need only watch Sylvester Stallone chugging raw eggs as Rocky Balboa for proof. And the reputation is well-earned: A single hard-boiled egg packs six grams of protein, all in a convenient, portable …

What Dr. Drew Got Completely Wrong About Endometriosis

His recent comments are pretty offensive, but are they correct?<p>During a recent radio podcast of his show <i>Loveline</i>, Dr. Drew Pinsky made some controversial remarks about pelvic health. In short, he said that chronic pelvic pain, like endometriosis, is what some refer to as a "garbage bag diagnosis" …

9 Awesome Weight-Loss Tips From Women Who've Transformed Their Bodies

Because they know exactly what you're going through